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Societal impact

HFMl-FELIX has a deep impact on science and society. First of all, the research and experiments conducted results in many open-access publications. You can browse the complete lists of FELIX and HFML.  Society and economy benefit from our cutting- edge research and unique instrumentation. We also invest in  STEM education.

Cutting-edge research

Arguably the most important way in which HFML-FELIX contributes to the advancement of society and economy is through cutting-edge research into new materials with strong technological potential, and societal challenges as health, energy and smart materials.

Our scientist and engineers conduct high-level research, which if often recognized nationally and internationally. Professor Andre Geim and professor Konstantin Novoselov have been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics for the discovery of graphene, the thinnest material in the world. They explored the material in the High Field Magnet Laboratory.

Unique instrumentation

HFML-FELIX acts as a driving force for the development of innovative instrumentation, which stimulates technical development programmes with industry and educates the next generation of engineers and leading scientists.
It provides a significant Dutch contribution to the portfolio of worldwide open-access research infrastructures, which become increasingly important to push back the boundaries of exploration in fundamental and applied research by offering unique experimental capabilities to its users.


Attracting talent

HFML-FELIX is one of the few open-access international user facilities on Dutch soil and through its unique infrastructure it attracts many top researchers and young scientific talent from all over the world to the Netherlands.

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STEM eeucation and training

Our staff continuously shares knowledge through talks, seminars, lectures, classes and tours. We educate young researchers and technicians through PhD positions and internships, and facilitate visiting scientist that use our instruments. Most of the members of our staff also teach students at the Faculty of Science.

Transfer of knowledge

We value the transfer of knowledge to third parties and promote science and technology to the society and the general public. In 2018 our staff guided 75 tours. Over 1100 people visited the facility – excluding guest researchers. These visitors represent a wide variety of audience; scientists, politicians, schoolchildren, students, business partners, etc.

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